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« on: December 27, 2010 04:05:52 PM »



I had to make a eukaryotic cell in my Cell Biology class, so I decided to go all out with polymer clay and resin! We also had to read an article and build the findings of the article. So in my case, I read about a protein channel found within the mitochondria, and constructed that.

It was actually a lot of fun combining craftiness with science.

I had some issues at first with how I would make the plasma membrane, but found this lovely oval bowl that was the perfect size and shape.



So I built the membrane onto the bowl.



And then baked it at a low heat so it would be rigid, but still tacky.



I added some vesicles and then baked the polymer clay until it was hardened enough, then sanded out the rough spots.



And I made some organelles! This is a mitochondria.



I wanted to make the organelles look like they were floating in cytosol, so after painting the membrane, I poured a layer of resin in.



This is a close up of the nucleus with chromatin; the beads are supposed to be genes that code for the protein of interest from the paper I read. The green around the blue nucleus is rough and smooth endoplasmic reticulum. The little blue beads are ribosomes.



This is a large view of the channel in the mitochondria, the arrows are showing how products get moved in and out of the mitochondria.

I wanted to fill it with resin, so I taped off the open end and then poured the resin in.



like so!



Here is the completed structure.



Here is the article I based this on, if you like that sort of thing: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2849464/?tool=pmcentrez

And this is one of the pictures I based my model on: http://millville.sps.edu/allaccess/divisions/science/jdonnelly/Cell%20Page_files/04-05A-AnimalCell-L.jpg

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2010 04:32:08 PM »

Awesome! Did you hand it in already? I want to know what marks you got for this? It's so great...
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2010 04:59:53 PM »

This is so coool!
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2010 06:15:32 PM »

Awesome! Did you hand it in already? I want to know what marks you got for this? It's so great...

I did, and I got an A. I was pretty happy!
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010 06:32:15 PM »

That is awesome. I had to do this in I guess 10th grade, and I used several different sizes and shapes of beads for each organelle. Wish I knew more about clay then.
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010 10:25:13 PM »

one well earned A! great project! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2010 11:49:12 AM »

Totally and completely fan-tas-tic!!  Love to see polymer clay used in ways like this too, and really fun to be the maker.

Will you be putting at least the main pic on your DA site or somewhere else so that it can be easily linked to?  (pretty please Grin)

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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2010 02:11:53 PM »

That is awesome. I had to do this in I guess 10th grade, and I used several different sizes and shapes of beads for each organelle. Wish I knew more about clay then.

There wasn't a lot of information on the Internet about how others have made similar projects... it was interesting to see how others in my class constructed theirs!
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2010 02:19:19 PM »

Totally and completely fan-tas-tic!!  Love to see polymer clay used in ways like this too, and really fun to be the maker.

Will you be putting at least the main pic on your DA site or somewhere else so that it can be easily linked to?  (pretty please Grin)

Diane B.

Good idea! I posted a picture here: http://solitusfactum.deviantart.com/art/Animal-Cell-Model-191274175

Thank you for looking Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2010 08:31:06 PM »

I love it!  I need visuals and this is great!  I am sure since you've put everything together, you really know the names and how they work, where they go, compare to a drawing or print out!

Good job!
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